MANILA - The National University-A Bulldogs rode on the big games of Alfred Aroga and Glenn Khobuntin as they waylaid the St. Clare Saints, 67-56, last Thursday in the 20th Fr. Martin Summer Cup basketball tournament at the Trinity University of Asia gymnasium in Quezon City.
Aroga banged in 18 points while Khobuntin had 12 for the Bulldogs, who picked up their first win at the start of their campaign in Group B.
The Bulldogs’ triumph came as the Adamson Baby Falcons marched to their second straight win at the expense of the San Beda-B Red Cubs, 90-42, in Group A of the junior side.
The Eric Altamirano-coached Bulldogs now share the early lead with Group A campaigners Emilio Aguinaldo College, the University of Perpetual Help Altas, the Lyceum Philippines University-B Pirates, and the University of the Philippines Maroons.
Aroga, joined hands with Josh Alolino and rookie Mohammed Salim as they ripped the game apart in the second period, with his triple setting off a scoring binge.
The Bulldogs’ lead widened from 18-15 to 30-22 in the last 3:30 after which NU worked hard to protect their edge in the ensuing play.
The EAC got a 77-46 victory over PATTS College of Aeronautics in the day’s other senior encounter.
JD Tungcab hit 14 points while Robbie Darang had 12 for the Baby Falcons.
Last Tuesday, Chibueze Ikeh made 23 points for the Ateneo-B Blue Eagles, as they put away the Enderun Titans, 71-66.
Meantime, Akhuetie Bright scored 16 points for the UPHSD Altas in their 63-32 beating of the Sea Lions.
The Our Lady of Fatima University Junior Phoenix prevailed over Manila Patriotic School, 92-71, in the other secondary encounter.
This allowed the Blue Eagles to bounce back from their 77-87 setback to the University of the Philippines Maroons on opening day.